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Employee wellness task force encourages faculty, staff to try online nutrition, exercise tool

Western Carolina University community members are encouraged to try a free, online tool designed to help individuals see how well they are meeting their healthy lifestyle goals, especially in areas of nutrition and exercise.

At www.411fit.com, participants record information about themselves and their wellness goals, and then log what they eat and how much they exercise each day. The tool features up-to-the-minute progress reports for how well participants meet personal goals related to calories, carbohydrates, protein, fat, sodium and hydration, or time spent completing strength and cardio exercises.

Angie Frederick, director of campus recreation and wellness, learned about the tool from a colleague at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington who then connected her to www.411fit.com’s development team at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

In January, the WCU Employee Wellness Task Force and Campus Recreation and Wellness began encouraging WCU community members to register for www.411fit.com. Nearly 200 WCU community members have signed up so far, and among them is Frederick.

“It’s fun to see my progress, and it has raised my awareness,” she said. “I didn’t realize how much sodium I was eating, for instance, because I don’t salt my food.”

The online tool keeps personal information private but also allows participants to join forums or discussion groups created to support them as they pursue their wellness goals.

In addition, WCU employees also can use www.411fit.com to participate in the campus’ Cross Training Challenge.

In the challenge, designed to encourage participants to diversify their workouts, participants choose three exercise categories to complete, such as 15 hours of running/walking or completing 20 group exercise classes. Prizes such as water bottles, bags and T-shirts will be awarded for meeting 50, 75 and 100 percent of the goals in three exercise categories before April 24.

“Participants do not need to be members of the Campus Recreation Center to participate in the challenge, but they do need to register for 411fit and join the Cross Training Challenge group,” said Frederick. “There are a variety of activities that don’t require membership at the Rec Center or other health club, such as swimming, running or walking, and cycling.”

For more information, e-mail wellnesscenter@wcu.edu.

STAY TUNED: The Employee Wellness Task Force will be additional new initiatives in the coming weeks.

By Teresa Killian Tate

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